Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a service enterprise for development cooperation with international operations and global experience. Owned by the Federal Republic of Germany, the organisation operates as a private-sector enterprise with a development-policy mandate: to make sustainable improvements to the living conditions of people in partner countries. The organization’s business area GIZ International Services (GIZ IS) is the vehicle for offering results-oriented services on the international market.
With Afghanistan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) GIZ is implementing two components of the EU-supported Fund for Agricultural and Rural Market Development (FARM). The objective of the FARM program is to create prosperous, stable and resilient rural communities by promoting sustainable economic growth and employment in rural areas. FARM is addressing current weakness of both public extension service and private extension service suppliers in addressing the needs of farmers in Afghanistan. FARM is a nationwide approach with specific regional focuses.
The two components to be implemented by GIZ seek to enhance and reorganize the national extension service system as well as to catalyze the enhanced use of input supplies and services through strengthening private suppliers and their linkages to farmers. In this regard, the program will cooperate with a diverse partner structure that includes stakeholders from government and private sectors as well as farmers as the target group and is working at national and sub-national levels.